CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW FOR eRYLA 2021!  Date is March 10 – 14, 2021.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a Rotary International leadership training program for youth or adults. In Corpus Christi, RYLA is a multi-level, 3-day annual leadership camp for youth held and organized and hosted by the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi for the Rotary Clubs in the South Texas District 5930.
Due to COVID-19
RYLA this year will be a virtual, online camp for 2021.  Hence, eRYLA.
This online eRYLA program has received great reviews already from campers and counselors.  Online participation required by campers will be for approximately five hours on both Thursday and Friday evenings, with all day participation required on Saturday and Sunday.  Cost will be $300 per camper.  Campers are required to have reliable internet access and an IPad, tablet, or computer with video camera and microphone capability.  NOTE:  Smartphones will not work for this platform.
RYLA in Corpus Christi focuses on experiential learning to develop leadership potential within our youth for the benefit of our communities. During RYLA, campers participate in more than 25 hours of hands-on leadership training. The program is a team-based model emphasizing decision making and problem solving. eRYLA follows the same model.  The goals of the in-person RYLA model have been rethought to work in a virtual environment.  Through different activities campers experience and develop a wide range of leadership skills which are learned by putting them in practice. There are five levels of leadership training in RYLA.   For more detailed information on leadership levels and the eRYLA program, see eRYLA Camp Overview.
First year attendees are called “Campers” and are open to high school Sophomores and Juniors who show leadership potential. The different Rotary Clubs from throughout South Texas (over 50 Clubs) award full scholarships to selected students sponsored from their area high schools. Each Club will pay $300 per camper to attend the 3-day all-expense paid weekend leadership training as part of their commitment to the development of youth in their communities.
eRYLA Camp will be March 10 – 14, 2021 at the comfort of your own home.
Or, contact your local Rotary Club at the start of the school year to see if they are participating in RYLA and sponsoring Campers. Or check with your high school counselors to see if they are working with RYLA and the local Rotary Club.  Or contact the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi at:
Rotary Club of Corpus Christi 361-882-8672; or email

Junior and Senior Counselors for RYLA are selected from previous year counselors and those Trailblazers who demonstrate interest and aptitude to be a leader and mentor for campers. A team of one Senior Counselor and one Junior Counselor co-lead each group of 12-15 campers as they progress through their leadership training activities and projects. Counselor tuition for the 4-day RYLA Camp is covered by the RYLA program making this extended leadership training free to the counselors.
Rotary Club members can personally sponsor their children, grandchildren or worthy students to RYLA. The student must meet all requirements being a high school sophomore or junior and showing leadership skills to be further developed; pay $300 per student with complete applications and payment to be received or applicable late fees will apply. All forms/applications are on website at or contact Lysa Chapman at 361-882-8672.
Listen to what past students and parents have said about the RYLA Leadership Training Weekend!!
“Words cannot express how thankful I am for having a blessed opportunity…RYLA is more than a camp; it’s a life-changing occasion that has truly made me think more about my life.” 2014 Senior Counselor
“Going to RYLA gave me the energy I needed to appreciate live and not give up. Two days before (RYLA) I was going through such a hard time…I almost made the stupid mistake of taking my own life…When you stated that we were all there for a reason and it was a blessing, I started to cry…I knew then and there God wanted me here for a reason…RYLA taught me to be a more open person, be happy, better myself, work with others, believe in myself and enjoy the small things in life…I left with the best memories ever… Thank you so much.” 2014 Camper
“My daughter Taylor attended your conference this past weekend. Her first comment tome as she got off the bus was, ‘That was the greatest experience of my life.” Needless to say I was taken aback for a moment.  She mentioned that she had never had opportunities to reflect on the past/present while systematically and purposefully planning for the future. She absolutely loved this retreat. I just wanted to say THANK YOU to you, your staff, and your organization for creating such a meaningful, insightful and focused youth leadership experience.”- -Mr. John Gray, Principal, Jo Nelson Middle School, Santa Rosa
All Clubs are encouraged to sponsor high school sophomore and junior students from your local high schools to attend the RYLA weekend! You can allow the school counselors to select the student or have the counselors nominate student candidates for your club to interview and select the finalist and alternates for these scholarships provided by the clubs. There should be at least one or more alternate student/s selected in case one of the sponsored students cannot attend the weekend. Registration information is required for each student being sponsored for RYLA. Registration deadlines should be noted by all RYLA Coordinators and applicants. There are additional fees for late registration information or payment.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary’s leadership training program for youth.  Program activities focus on development of communication, critical thinking and problem solving, and team decision -making skills all through experiential learning. RYLA also highlights and rewards the kinds of character traits demonstrated in positive, effective leadership. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to:
  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage continued and strong leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities